We believe that economic independence is the path to sustainable development – both for the individual and for society at large. For most people, work is the only secure path to economic independence. That is why PfC works to create new jobs as an important instrument of enduring social change.
In developing countries, a large part of the population is employed in primary industries, and viable businesses are few and far between. According to the World Bank, 600 million new jobs must be created by 2020, most of them in Africa and Asia.
In cooperation with entrepreneurs, local populations and local authorities where we work, we evaluate how to bring about innovation that can become economically sustainable in the long run. Through identifying needs, competitive advantages and potential partners locally we gain an understanding of how we can contribute to holistic solutions.
To help create new jobs, PfC works closely with Norwegian business partners who wish to establish business or find partners in our focus countries. Through the establishment of new business, strategic business development, partnerships and cooperation agreements with Norwegian business, Ethiopian businesses can develop – and new jobs can be created.
People with the knowledge and willingness to invest in establishing a new industry can play an important role in the development of a local environment. A number of entrepreneurs have good ideas rooted in broad professional knowledge and knowledge of local conditions. To develope and establish new businesses they often need both financial and operational support. Partnership for Change contributes to this. Together with our partners, we tailor a plan around the individual contractor and the individual project. In some cases, specific competence raising is sufficient, for others it is necessary that we contribute to the development of a business plan and to build networks with relevant sponsors and / or investors.
Strategic, operational and financial support
We provide strategic and operational support. Our financial contribution is based on a pragmatic principle whereby we provide donations, loans, guarantees and direct investments, depending on what will be most effective for the project. We bring in partners and/or investors where appropriate.
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